According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Cardinals have had “multiple discussions” about bringing back veteran reliever Octavio Dotel.
Dotel, 37, posted a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings between the Cardinals and Blue Jays during the regular season. Of course, he was also an important part of Tony La Russa’s bullpen during the postseason, compiling a 2.61 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals declined Dotel’s $3.5 million option for 2012 last month, instead opting to pay a $750,000 buyout, but they remain interested in bringing him back at a lesser salary. Olney hears that the interest is mutual, though one imagines he would likely jump at the opportunity to close games somewhere.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.